Landfills fill America. Currently their is Approx. 3,000 Active landfills and over 10,000 Inactive in the USA alone according to the Environmental Protection Agency found here. Landfills are highly unsustainable, requiring new landfills as they reach capacities and have been scientifically proven to be environmentally negative with no clear way out until now.
Incineration is where you essentially burn the trash. Only 11.7% of U.S. trash in the U.S. is incinerated. The rest is recycled, composted or landfilled.
Incineration is a dirty word, and industry knows it, so they use other terms to make it sound good, like resource recovery, trash to-steam, waste-to-energy and energy from waste. All of these terms are untruthful and misleading.
TRASH in general
Now that we have covered some f the ways trash is managed lets talk about Trash… USA produces alot of it… Based on 2014 data; about 254,000,000 tons per year. This in turn creates